At the 4th IGC of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies announced its preliminary plans to work with a range of partners to develop an international database of cultural policies.
"The IFACCA has been in discussion with the founders of the highly regarded Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe, the Council of Europe (CoE), and the ERICarts Institute to develop an international version of the Compendium as a tool for policymakers, researchers, advocates, civil society, and the global community. The international database would be a central, Web-based, and regularly updated database of country-specific profiles of cultural policies that would also provide the capacity to monitor and analyse global trends in key aspects of cultural policies. Underpinning the project will be partnerships with a range of regional intergovernmental bodies" according to the IFACCA website.
An international steering group comprising representatives from a range of interested partners is helping to guide the project and expects that a preliminary version of the project will be able to be launched at the World Summit on Arts & Culture in Melbourne in October 2011.